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Hi I'm Shay Brackney

I grew up in Chicago, and now live in Colorado. I am married and have two kids. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a daughter, a sister, a wife and a mother. I am in my early 40's and love living in Colorado. Though we aren't much for winter sports, we do enjoy the spring, summer and fall here. We enjoy camping and hiking and white water rafting. I am a Paralegal at a corporate firm that supplies helicopters for Flight for Life programs around the country. It's certainly interesting work. It's sometimes tough to juggle work and family life, but together we make it work.

Why I am a Mormon

I had fallen away from my parent's church when I was young. When I was looking for specific answers to my questions, often I was meant with this answer, "that is what Faith is." I have to say, that answer began to drive me crazy. Everything couldn't be left to Faith. There had to be concrete answers to some of my questions. Years later, when I was in my young 20's my father passed away, and I began to search in earnest for my answers. I wanted to understand how I could one day be with my dad again. I searched so many churches, so many faith's, and I was becoming frustrated. I didn't feel at home anywhere. Then I made a new friend. Her name was Laurie and we clicked right away. She was a bit older than me and had a family and the more I got to know her, the more I got to observe her family. And there was a difference. Her family was so close knit. They even had a night of the week blocked off just for family time. They attended church and her son was active in their youth group. The more I came to know her son, who was only 12 at the time, the more I got to witness the testimony he had of Christ in his life. At 12. I was amazed. So I began asking questions. And rather than getting the answer of "Faith" when Laurie didn't know the answer, she offered to help me seek the answers out through the scriptures, through her church leaders, through prayer. Wherever we had to go to find an answer. And for the first time, I began to feel a presence in my life. A calming force of peace and love. This back and forth, question and answer session went on for about a year, and finally, I invited myself to attend church with her. I think she was worried I would think she was being "pushy" had she invited me first. I came that first Sunday and after the first day I knew I had come home. I had answers to my questions, a congregation of friendly people and faces, and a path back to my father, through Jesus Christ. I will be forever thankful.

How I live my faith

I live my faith daily. I read my scriptures over breakfast most every morning and try to remember the peace I felt doing so throughout my busy day. At church I was a Sunday school teacher for the last four years working with the 14 and 15 year olds which I loved. I learned so much from them and from studying the scriptures. I have just been called as a family history assistant where I will be able to help others build their genealogy and get to know their family history. I feel so lucky to be able to learn more about family history and share what I learn with others. It's one of my favorite things in our church. We are asked to fill "callings" where we are needed in the church. I love this because I am often called to do something I might not think to do on my own. If it were left to me, I would volunteer for only things I was comfortable with. Because I am asked to do things that may be new to me I am given the opportunity to grow in ways I otherwise might not.